Posted on May 22nd, 2017 - Fiona
Here at Coombe Mill we love to encourage children to use their imaginations and be creative, from raiding dressing up boxes to joining in our popular arts and crafts sessions. When Prezzybox offered me the chance to test one of their colour in cape products from the Selfie clothing company I knew at a glance this would go down well with the children staying here. My only dilemma was whether to choose the Superhero or Unicorn cape design. We plumped for the Unicorn but read on for your chance to win one of your choosing or take advantage of their current sale price.
Unicorn colour in Cape
This cape is made for children who love to be creative, whether you are purchasing as a gift or as entertainment for a party or play date you won’t go wrong with this fun colour in and wear cape. Work alone or in a group to colour in sections to your own choice of colours then transform into a unicorn to zoom around the house or garden.
What we thought
I approached a group of children out playing here on the farm who were eager to come and test out our unicorn cape. A few had to go to lunch but returned at break neck speed to join in. It was team work at its best as everyone took turn with colouring pens and areas of the cape to colour.
Finally they declared the cape finished and began to race up and down the bank in turn with the cape swishing out behind them.
I left them as they disappeared off to play Unicorns in the Fairy Gardens, a cape inspired adventure!
Need to Know
Handmade and hand printed in the UK
One size jersey cloth cape made of cotton / polyester blend
Includes ten fabric colour in pens
Velcro fastening to reuse
colour in practice sheet
0cm x 66.5cm x 78.0cm|
£25 currently on sale for £19.99 at Prezzybox|
|Manfacturer ||Selfie Clothing Co|
Win your Colour in Superhero or Unicorn Cape with Prezzybox and Coombe Mill
If you know a creative child or two that would enjoy colouring in and wearing this fun cape why not enter to win, simply follow the instructions below.
Unicorn or Superhero Colour in Cape
We were sent our Unicorn cape for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The unicorn colour in cape made a very happy afternoon of creative fun for a group of children on the farm.
Posted on May 15th, 2017 - Fiona
The PAW Patrol pups know how to mix fun and responsibility, catch up with them in the new DVD, Paw Patrol Game On available from 22nd May.
The cutest most lovable rescue pups are back in action for seven sporty rescue adventures. See the pups in action as they hold their own, showing bravery and courage whilst of course having a great time together in each exciting episode.
PAW Patrol Game On The Episodes:
|Pups Save a Basketball Game||Mayor Goodway needs a basketball team, so she calls Ryder and the PAW Patrol for help. The pups become the Adventure Bay All-Stars and they’ll need everyone, including a reluctant Marshall, to pitch in and help win one for Adventure Bay.|
|Pup-Fu!||The PAW Patrol and the mischievous kittens from Mayor Humdinger’s Kit-tastrophe Crew are both competing for their martial arts belts when they come across an ancient scroll that holds all the secrets. Mayor Humdinger steals the scroll and the PAW Patrol is called upon to find and return it back to Sensei Yumi.|
|Pups Save the Mayor’s Race||It’s the annual Mayor’s Race and Mayor Goodway is determined to beat the cheating and devious Mayor Humdinger. Mayoral contestants need to row a boat, swim and run a foot race to the finish line. The pups need to help Mayor Goodway train for the race and clean up Mayor Humdingers’ disasters.|
|Pups Save a Snowboard Competition||Jake and Everest are excited for the big Snowboard Competition, until they look outside and see the course is completely buried under a blanket of snow. The rescue pups help clear the course and rescue the Kit-tastrophe crew kittens who veer off-course and fall off a cliff. Everest uses her grappling hook to lower Ryder down the edge of the cliff and her snowboard jet pulls them back up to safety.|
|Pups Save the Soccer Game||When Mayor Humdinger challenges the Adventure Bay team to a soccer match, Ryder and the PAW Patrol are called in to play. The PAW Patrol players start strong but a series of mysterious mishaps jeopardize their team’s victory. The pups must work as a team to overcome some dirty tricks by Mayor Humdinger and pull out a win.|
|Pups Great Race||It’s Adventure Bay Race Day and the Pups are about to race each other all across the town to see who is the fastest pup. One other competitor unexpectedly shows up though, Alex in his super trike!|
|Pups Save a Tightrope Walker||Turbot is bravely walking a tightrope, but seagulls threaten to ruin his act! It’s time to call the PAW Patrol.|
Need to Know
|Produced By||Nickelodeon Home Entertainment|
|Distributed by||Paramount Home Media Distribution and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.|
|Certification||U, Suitable for general viewing.|
Win your copy of Paw Patrol Game On with Coombe Mill
If you know a little one that would enjoy the 7 new episodes of Paw Patrol in DVD format why not enter to win. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Paw Patrol: Game on
We were sent a copy of Paw Patrol: Game On to watch in exchange for this review and giveaway. We love the series and are happy to be collaborating to make this post. Our copy is available to borrow from the Coombe Mill Games Room for those on holiday here.
Posted on May 8th, 2017 - Fiona
If you have a baby stuck between crawling and walking this summer I have just the answer to keep them happy and you knowing they are safe and occupied. The new pop n Jump from Summerinfant.co.uk is an Activity Centre with so much to offer any curious little learner.
What to expect from your Pop N Jump
The folding frame is lightweight and unfolds easily from the compact travel bag with handy shoulder strap. This makes it perfect for travelling, whether you are on a picnic day trip, visiting friends and family or off on holiday it is no bigger than a small travel cot to pack and store. Unfolded, the Pop N Jump features 3-levels of height adjustment, a jumping support seat that can be easily removed and machine washed and a wealth of interactive toys attached. The toys include a spinner ball, rattle, teether and mirror book. With a removable UV canopy to protect baby from the sun’s harmful rays, Pop N Jump gives welcome shade when playing outdoors.
Need to know
|Price||Currently on sale reduced from £69.99 to just £49.99|
|Stockist||Summer Infant UK|
|Suitable for||Babies 6 – 12 months (maximum weight 11.3kg / 25lbs and maximum height 76cm|
|Product features||Lightweight folding metal frame |
Compact travel bag with shoulder strap
Support seat can be easily removed for cleaning.
What we thought
This product is made to a really high standard with a quality easy to put up and down frame and thick canvas. The toys are substantial and will easily last to be passed down through siblings while the sun canopy easily clips on and off with poppers for use outdoors. All in a very impressive build quality which is all so important for our holiday business where it is in daily use in our games room keeping babies entertained while older siblings enjoy a game if ping pong or pool. With the current sale price too, we feel the pop n jump is exceptional value for money and a perfect way to keep your baby entertained in that frustrating period between crawling and walking. I wish they had been around when my own children were babies!
Win your Pop and Jump with Summer Infant UK and Coombe Mill
If you have, or know someone with a baby who would benefit from a Pop N Jump, why not enter to win one with us. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Pop N Jump
We were sent our Pop N Jump to review as part of a partnership between Holiday Tots and Summer Infant UK. All thoughts and opinions on the product remain my own.
Posted on May 1st, 2017 - Fiona
Helping Kids love Vegetables
As parents we all know the benefits of a healthy lifestyle for ourselves and our children, however when you walk round a supermarket which appeals to your senses more, the vegetables or the sweets and cakes? Here at Coombe Mill we love to encourage a healthy balanced diet for children and healthy active holidays to match. From learning about herbs and cooking with nature in our craft sessions to wild adventure zones out on the farm, we aim to make a healthy lifestyle fun and enjoyable for children. It turns out Supertato Run Veggies Run is striving to do just the same.
Supertato: Run Veggies Run!
When I heard about the lovable Supertato character and the delightful books fostering a sense of healthy living and making vegetables cool I was immediately drawn to discover more. ‘Run veggies Run’ is the third book in the successful Supertato series, one of the biggest selling picture book characters in 2016, written and illustrated by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet.
It’s Sports Day in the supermarket and all the veggies are in training. Everyone has been practicing hard and is ready and raring to go. However, a new competitor joins the event, accompanied by The Evil Pea, and is determined to win all the prizes. Things don’t seem quite right and Supertato is on the case, but will he be able to foil his nemesis’ plan in time?
What we thought
Run veggies run, like all the Supertato books, is fun, engaging and beautifully illustrated, with a superhero and a villain that is all tongue in cheek. We loved the supermarket chaos that the veggies created. this is a book to inspire adventure and fun and of course a love of veggies! The story and the illustrations are popular with the children on holiday here and have formed the beginning of several of our activity hour sessions.
Need to Know Facts
Publisher||Simon and Schuster|
|Format||Paper back & eBook|
|RSP (List price) |
6.99 (paperback)/ £4.99 (ebook)
|Suitable for||Age 2 +|
Amazon, Waterstones, WH Smiths, Tesco, Hive
A special partnership for Coombe Mill with Supertato
As the Supertato book series and Coombe Mill holidays are both great believers in a healthy active lifestyle for children, we have teamed up to offer you some amazing opportunities.
Win a family holiday with us at Coombe Mill!
If you hop over to the Supertato website you will see details on how to WIN a holiday at Coombe Mill. Look out for special Supertato branded cups and activity sheets in your local independent coffee shop sharing this great holiday win, and the new Supertato book, throughout May and June. Click on the photos to enjoy the Supertato Activity Sheets yourselves.
Win all 3 Supertato Books here with Coombe Mill
Before you rush over to the Simon & Schuster website to try and win your family holiday, why not take a moment and enter to win the full set of Supertato books right here; perfect reading for youngsters to inspire a healthy active lifestyle at home or on holiday. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
We were sent our copies of the Supertato book series to keep. They can be borrowed by holiday makers from the Coombe Mill Games Room. We are delighted to be working with publishers Simon & Schuster on this exciting partnership between Supertato books and Coombe Mill Holidays.
Posted on April 24th, 2017 - Fiona
Children are inquisitive by nature. They love to explore with all their senses and ask questions at every turn. What parent doesn’t grow tired of “but why” from a toddler or endlessly shout “be careful” as they explore the world around them through active play? As children grow so their minds develop and their quest for knowledge increases. Quarto Kids specialise in finding books that fulfill this need to learn in children in an engaging and identifiable way. We have been checking out the first two books in a new non-fiction series under the umbrella heading of Life on Earth. These are Life on Earth: Human Body and Life on Earth: Farm.
Life on Earth: Human Body and Life on Earth: Farm
Aimed at children in the early years of school, these books are designed to appeal to a curious mind. They tackle 100 frequently asked questions in each book with over 70 interactive lift – flaps for children to open. Written by Heather Alexander and illustrated by Andres Lozano they are eye catching and informative without being over complicated.
What we thought of the Life on Earth Books
The children on the farm are always a good judge of whether a book is going to appeal or not. We had a look at the farm book as part of our activity hour. These were younger preschool children and while their attention span was more limited than an older child, they still managed to identify things from the pictures and when I read the corresponding words they were interested enough to lift the flaps and find out more after a week of farm learning here. I think these books make an excellent reference to support learning on a theme.
Need to Know
Lift up flaps
Question and answer format
|Available from||Quarto Kids (link)|
|Books in series||2|
Win your copies of Life on Earth from Quarto Kids with Coombe Mill
For a chance to win BOTH of these exciting new titles in the Life on Earth series just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
2 Life on Earth Books from Quarto Kids
We were given our copies of the books for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and options are my own honest view.
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